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1882 Shield Earring Half Dollar in Silver
1882 50C Shield Earring Half Dollar, Judd-1700, Pollock-1902,
Low R.7, PR64 Cameo PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The Shield Earring
design of George T. Morgan. A youthful Liberty faces right wearing
a band with the usual inscription, the band compressing the back
portion of the hair. Liberty wears a shield-shaped earring, with
stars six left, seven right, date 1882 below. On the reverse a
perched, defiant eagle occupies the center, clutching an olive
branch and arrows. The design is reminiscent of the Flying Eagle
cent and Gobrecht dollar reverses, although facing right. UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR are the peripheral legends.
Struck in silver with a reeded edge.
Judd-1700, PR64 Cameo
The Shield Earring design is among the top three most popular pattern designs, a trio that also includes the Schoolgirl and Amazonian designs. The Shield Earring was also struck in quarter and silver dollar denominations and in silver and copper. It is believed that 10-12 examples are known today of the Shield Earring half dollar in silver. This is an exceptionally well-produced example. The fields are brightly reflective with a significant layer of mint frost over the devices, the combination producing the cameo effect seen here. Attractive, light golden-brown toning is present but does not inhibit the overall appreciation of the coin or dampen the field-device contrast.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535342)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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